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The Nats 20/20 Candidates

One of the downsides of having anearly complete roster at the beginning of spring is that there are very few real questions to address. One big question for 2013 is how good Danny Espinosa will be. Espinosa to his credit is already a fairly complete player. Outside of his NL-leading 189 strikeouts, he was an average to above average second baseman offensively, coupled with superb defense and above average base running.  However there is room for improvement, which has led to articles like this one by Thom Loverro. In it when asked about Espinosa’s potential Mike Rizzo said that “he can hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases.”

Accomplishing this feat would place Espinosa in the 20/20 club. While not as exclusive as the 30/30 or 40/40 club, it is still an interesting milestone to measure speed and power. In the past ten seasons only 102 times has a player had a season ending with 20 home runs and 20 steals. This feat is even rarer for second baseman, only being accomplished 11 times in 10 years. For the Nationals a 20/20 season is very rare, as it has only been accomplished twice since they moved to DC. The first time in 2006 by Alfonso Soriano on his way to joining the 40/40 club and the second time by Ian Desmond last year.

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